Schiff: ‘May not be necessary’ for whistleblower to testify – Washington Examiner

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff revealed that his committee may not call on the whistleblower to testify.

The whistleblower, who has been identified as a CIA official with ties to former Vice President Joe Biden, filed a complaint within the intelligence community over a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. During the call, Trump requested that the foreign leader investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who worked in the country.

Schiff acknowledged that his committee may not call upon the whistleblower to testify if they don’t think they can protect the person’s identity during a Sunday morning appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation.

“Our primary interest right now is making sure that that person is protected,” Schiff stated. “Indeed, now there is more than one whistleblower, that they are protected. And given that we already have the call record, we don’t need the whistleblower, who wasn’t on the call, to tell us what took place during the call. We have the best evidence of that.”

The California Democrat also brought up Trump’s comments about the whistleblower, who did not have direct knowledge of the call, and the person who provided the official with the pertinent information. The president called the leaker “close to a spy” and alluded to the punishments for spies “in the old days.”

“We do want to make sure that we identify other evidence that is pertinent to the withholding of the military support, the effort to cover this up by hiding this up in a classified computer system. We want to make sure that we uncover the full details about the conditionality of either the military aid or that meeting with Ukraine president,” he said. “It may not be necessary to take steps that might reveal the whistleblower’s identity to do that, and we’re going to make sure to protect that whistleblower.”

Later in the interview, Schiff acknowledged that he should have been more clear about his committee’s contact with the whistleblower prior to the complaint being filed.

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